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Yes Sushi
88 Hanover Street,
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0131 220 1887
Sun-Thurs 12 noon - 11pm;Fri & Sat 12 noon - 12pm

" Domo" I gushed, as the 'White Dragon Roll' was presented.  I was at Yes Sushi with two friends and friend no. 1 was impressing us with her grasp of Japanese (domo means 'thank you'). She lived in Japan for some time which made her an  ideal dining companion for tonight's meal.

The white dragon roll formed part of our feast. We had ordered miso soup (£2.50), agedashi  tofu (£4.20), six vegetable and bean curd dumplings (£4.90), vegetable tempura (£7.60), soft shell crab tempura (£8.40), traditional grilled squid skewers in yakimono sauce (£5.20) and of course the ultra-impressive white dragon roll which was eight pieces of  white rice stuffed with sea bass, prawns, cucumber and avocado.

My friend explained that in Japan there is usually a bar in sushi restaurants so that customers are able to watch the expert chefs at work.  Making sushi requires skill; it takes at least six years to train to be a chef and it also requires an understanding of aesthetics and etiquette, for example, the colours on a plate of sushi can refer to the seasons.   In Edinburgh the recent proliferation of sushi restaurants suggests that we are beginning to recognise our sushi from our sashimi and perhaps the culture surrounding this food art.  

My friend was super-impressed with the quality and freshness of our sushi whilst myself and friend no. 2 thought everything was both beautifully presented and delicious.  The tempura was crisp and delicate, the soft shell crab aromatic, the squid tender, the wasabi paste was a pale green nostril clearing rustic paste, the jade avocado against snow white rice of the dragon roll, enchanting to the eye.

Well worth a visit but bear the following in mind ...

A little sushi etiquette

Don't rub your chopsticks together

Try not to leave grains of rice in your soy. Your sushi should be dipped sideways so as not to absorb too much soy

It is acceptable to lift soup and rice bowls to the mouth so as not to spill food

It is acceptable to eat sushi with your fingers and to slurp

Don't pass food from one plate to another. Rather place it in a small dish to allow another diner to pick it up

Don't point chopsticks, stab them in food or stand them upright in rice.

And lastly, In Japan it is considered polite to clear your plate. No problem there.





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